Fear Hangs Over Busy Uganda-DR Congo Border
[East African] The jagged, ice-capped Rwenzori Mountains stab at the sky above Mpondwe, a bustling border town in western Uganda.
Plantation Firm Financed By UK Aid Accused of Breaking Promise to Help Workers
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Vancouver -Palm oil company majority-owned by British government found to be paying workers below minimum wage and providing abysmal housing
Uganda Holds Dozens of Fleeing M23 Rebels After Congo Clashes
[East African] Uganda is holding dozens of fighters from the M23 rebel group who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo after clashing with troops there this week, the Ugandan military said on Thursday.
Govt Orders Probe Into Massacre Videos
[VOA] The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into possible abuses by security forces in the Kasai region. Conflict has been intensifying in that part of the country in the past six months but a video posted online late last week drew international attention.
Tshisekedi Place Hard to Fill
[AfricaFocus] "The death of prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has deprived the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a unique political figure who was at the forefront of the fight for democracy for over three decades. ... Coming just a month after the signing of a political agreement, which would have put him at the head of an important follow-up committee, his departure robs the opposition of a leader able to combine genuine street-level popularity with an ability to squeeze out political deals." - Intern
UN Security Council Calls for Immediate Investigation Into Recent Violence in DR Congo's Kasai Region
[UN News] The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent spate of violence in the south-central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on the Government to "immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation."
UN Envoy and Church Leaders in DR Congo Condemn Attacks Against Catholic Facilities
[UN News] The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO have called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several parts of the country.
Rwanda Refugees Quit Conflict in DRC
[CAJ News] Kigali -MORE than 100 Rwandan refugees living in the turbulent Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have this week returned to their home country. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly with the authorities of the DRC and Rwanda organised the voluntary repatriation of the refugees, coming at a time Rwanda has secured some stability unlike the DRC that is beset by volatility. Several hundred returnees are still waiting for their return in the weeks to come. This adds to the 6
Tanzania Calls for Ironing Out of Nile Water Differences
[Daily News] Nile River Basin Initiative member states have been advised to work together in attaining Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number six on water security and sanitation, by ironing out any likely differences in the use of water resources.
Trump Is Right On Congo's Minerals, but for All the Wrong Reasons
[The Conversation Africa] A few weeks ago a British newspaper leaked the draft of an executive order proposing the suspension of a US law that imposes tight controls over the trade in Congolese gold, tin, coltan and tungsten.
Scientists Warn of Oil Drilling At Lake Tanganyika
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -As preparations for the exploration of oil and gas in Lake Tanganyika get into top gear, international scientists at the site are warning that if the activities are not pursued carefully, they could cause massive and long-term environmental disaster.
'Real Investigation' Into DR Congo Violence Needed
[Deutsche Welle] A number of killings have taken place recently in the DR Congo (DRC), including one allegedly perpetrated by military personnel. Nick Elebe says that it is necessary to have a real response to real issues.
Minors, Women Killed As DRC Forces Run Amok
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -GOVERNMENT forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo are embroiled in fresh human rights scandal after video footage shows soldiers summarily executing civilians, including women and children.
U.S. Demands Independent Probe of Alleged Civilian Massacre in DRC
[VOA] The Democratic Republic of Congo is brushing off demands for an independent investigation into the alleged executions of unarmed civilians by DRC troops in the Kasai region.
Militiamen Kill 25 Civilians in Ethnic Attack
[Deutsche Welle] An estimated 25 people, mostly Hutus, have been hacked to death with machetes by militiamen from the Nande ethnic group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They were reportedly beheaded by the attackers.
Musicians Mourn Death of Leading Congolese Music Promoter Tamukati Ndongala
[Nation] Leading Congolese music promoter Tamukati Ndongala is dead.
Who Cares About the ICC's Trial of LRA Fighter Dominic Ongwen?
[African Arguments] Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army. So why aren't more Ugandans following the first public trial on the matter?
My Necktie Tricks With M23 Rebels and Why Kabila Should Leave Power
[Monitor] On Wednesday, the Congolese minister for Budget was quoted as saying that the government was unable to secure funds for presidential elections slated for this year. This statement flew into the face of a national consensus agreement that there must be elections this year.
Budget Minister Casts Doubt on 2017 Elections
[VOA] Kinshasa -The budget minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has cast doubt on whether the country will be able to finance elections this year. His statement has sparked concern as delaying the polls last year led to violent unrest.
The AU's (Other) ICC Strategy
[ISS] At the recently concluded 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, heads of state and government adopted a decision on a strategy for withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).